Archive for July, 2009

Merchant Spotlight: Dollhouses, Trains & More, Novato, CA

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Dollhouses, Trains & More started as little more than 300 square feet of empty retail space and a dream.  Under the leadership and vision of Linda Becker, founder and owner, Dollhouses, Trains & More is now over 13,000 square feet and packed to the rafters with toys, gifts, games, trains, hobby supplies and, of course, finished dollhouses and dollhouse kits!  The entrance draws you in to experience the most amazing toy and hobby store.   (more…)

Creating an Heirloom

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Many people who build Real Good Toys dollhouse kits don’t necessarily think about who may own the house generations down the road, but you all should and it should start with the assembly!  Creating an heirloom isn’t hard but it does take some thought, maybe a scrapbook, a camera and some notes. 

People often ask us where a house originated or what the history is, so can you imagine the surprise of your great, great grandchildren when they find your dollhouse with a scrapbook of all the things you’ve done to it over the years?  They would be thrilled.  Many times people don’t think about how a dollhouse evolves or what certain things might mean to the people who built it.  Dollhouses do evolve over the years and certain things have deep meaning.  It’s important to keep track of it all for future generations. (more…)

the Dollhouse Builders of Westview Meadows Wire a Bostonian

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

John, Julio, and Pat (the Dollhouse Builders of Westview Meadows) had a plan to build the biggest, fanciest dollhouse they could manage in the tiny workshop they have.  It would be finished inside and out, electrified, and (with the participation of the whole retirement community) decorated everywhere. They have made scores or houses for others, but this one they would keep.  This one would be a focal point for all their neighbors to enjoy, share with visitors, and re-decorate for every holiday.  They chose the Bostonian for its size, sturdiness, and many surfaces for decorating, and they asked me to help with the wiring. (more…)

Vermont Governor Douglas admires RGT dollhouse

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Julio Lavin and John Micknick join Vermont Governor Jim Douglas as he admires the “Bostonian” dollhouse recently built, finished and electrified by the Senior Crafters, and furnished by residents of Westview Meadows, Montpelier, Vermont. Westview Meadows recently celebrated their 5th anniversary. The Senior Crafters have built more then 60 Real Good Toys’ dollhouses for local charities.